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    MPAA Names Christopher Dodd, ex-Senator from Connecticut, as Chairman and CEO

    Hollywood's newest lobbyist in Washington, replacing Dan Glickman who in turn replaced the legendary late Jack Valenti, is new Motion Picture Association of America chairman Christopher J. Dodd. The five-term Democratic Liberal Senator from Connecticut had been in talks for some months; he takes ove...

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    Paul Haggis Talks Scientology to The New Yorker, ABC Videos Cruise

    We've been waiting for Lawrence Wright's New Yorker Scientology expose ever since Canadian writer-director Paul Haggis (Crash) denied involvement in writing a tell-all book. That may not be necessary now that The New Yorker has published the 26-page story about the director and his many years spent ...

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    George Clooney's Satellite Sentinel Project: Report on Sudanese Border Conflict

    "We're the anti-genocide paparazzi," George Clooney told Time magazine of his Satellite Sentinel Project.

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    A Tale of Two Speeches, President Obama vs. King George VI

    King George VI vs. President Barack Obama. The Huffington Post pegs both men's speeches against one and other and considers how they fared:"President Obama is facing a very hostile House of Representatives, and a country that is torn on the efficacy of his presidency, though they all knew he could speak. Firth (as King George) faced a unified nation, but a country torn on the efficacy of his speech. Oh, and a swarming enemy that was invading his little island. Both oversaw what could be considered empires at their crossroads. Here's a basic scorecard between the two."Here is the scorecard, King George VI's speech, a clip from the film (which ...

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    Cine Foundation International Launches Protest Film Campaign, Calls for Panahi Release

    Cine Foundation International was launched on December 10 as both a non-profit film company and human rights NGO aiming to "empower open consciousness through cinema." They are wasting little time, having announced a campaign calling for the release of Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi. The campaign will include protest films that speak to human rights issues in Iran and throughout the world, six of which are commissioned feature-length, plus twenty shorts. Participating filmmakers may act anonymously or through pseudonyms since voicing their stories can be dangerous. The films, which will address themes of nation, identity, self, spiritual cult...

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    WikiLeaks Reveal Bush Administration Attacks on Michael Moore

    Michael Moore is nothing if not paranoid, but it looks like he has reason to be. When he reads through all the WikiLeaks cables, his own name crops up, more than once. It seems that the Bush administration was genuinely threatened by the damage that Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11 could do. But the more the...

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    The Stars Who Want to Legalize Marijuana?

    Which stars favor the legalization of marijuana? Here's a look, courtesy of The Daily Beast, at celebs who either vocally or inadvertently have been associated with (thanks, paparazzi) the mary jane. They range from venerable Morgan Freeman (who called it "God's own weed") and Prince Harry to Justin...

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    Michael Moore Writes A Boot to the Head Election Memo

    Michael Moore is worried--as are many Democrats--about the midterm elections Tuesday, which could return control of the House (if not the Senate) to Republicans (many of them right of center) and bring on true governmental paralysis. He'll be on Rachel Maddow Friday night on MSNBC, at 9:00pm ET/PT. ...

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    A Global Warming Campaign from Richard Curtis. Watch it. No Pressure.

    This Richard Curtis 10:10 global warming spot will get your attention:

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    BP Oil Spill Makes Good PR for Hollywood's Costner and Cameron, Bad for BP's Hayward, Obama

    The BP Gulf oil spill is playing better for Hollywood players James Cameron and Kevin Costner, who seem to be genuinely helpful, than hapless BP oil exec Tony Hayward or President Obama, who lacks the gravitas to act like the Daddy-in-charge. (Some pundits say that Obama is a better communicator tha...

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